California Journals

Zoos of California

An August 2001 trip to California by American

Quote: A look at the zoos of California from San Francisco to San Diego and everything in between

Zoos of California

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The best zoos of California are The San Diego Zoos. They deserve their praise. Santa Barbra and Los Angeles are respectable zoos. San Fransisco is too caught up in the future it's forgotten about the present.

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San Diego Zoo

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The World Famous San Diego Zoo lives up to it's hype. Lush plants, rare animals and excellent exhibits make it one of the best zoos I've ever visited. (I've been to quite a lot) The panda exhibit is the most popular attraction. The recently redone exhibit is an outdoor line and viewing area that showcases one panda most of the time. The shows aren't amazing but are enjoyable for families. Be prepared to walk a lot. One alternate way to get around is the kangaroo bus. A double decker bus making stops around the zoo. (The cost is not included in addmission) Don't get it confused with the guided tour which only stops at the front of the park. Another form of transportation is the Skyfari skride. A...Read More

San Diego Wild Animal Park

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The San Diego Wild Animal Park is an amazing collection of mainly plant eating animals of Africa and Asia. Don't expect to be driven through exibits on a safari though. The park's huge grassland area is viewed by taking a train around the perimiter of the habitats. The grasslands are filled with different herbivores such as rhinos, giraffes, antelope, and buffalo. The train, although not going into exhibit, still provides great views. (Driving tours through the grasslands are available by reservation.)The train is best taken in the late afternoon to evening when the animals tend to be more active. The park also features several walk through sections. Condor Ridge is a new exhibit featu...Read More

Los Angeles Zoo

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The Los Angeles Zoo is your typical city zoo. It features the usual animals in normal exhibits. One of the exceptions is the Orangatang exhibit. Plainly it is one of the best primate exhibits I've ever seen. The zoo also features strange, for a zoo, dining. The snack bar up front features some out of place cuisine. Still, in a city where there's so much to do and saftey isn't assured, the zoo really isn't an attraction to plan to see. Instead go to it if you've finished your other attractions and want a relaxing break.

Los Angeles Zoo
5333 Zoo Drive
Los Angeles, California 90027
(323) 644-4200

Santa Barbra Zoo

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The Santa Barbra Zoo is a fantastic little zoo in a fantastic little town. The zoo features a small train ride, a bordering bird sancutary, garges of palms and cacti, and fantastic animal exhibits. Although the zoo doesn't have any big time exhibits, it still is a wonderful place. I defenitly rank it as a must see for anyone who has time to visit it. The food options aren't bad either. It's really a model that other zoos need to strive for.

San Francisco Zoo

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The San Francisco Zoo isn't worthy of being called an attraction. It's a dump. Half the zoo is under complete remodeling and it shows. The zoo is so caught up in remodeling that the exhibits at present are horrible. Anyone visiting San Francisco has no rason to pay money to get in.